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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Lenny Kravitz, Gary Clark Jr. & Stevie Wonder, Kaïa Kater, Chasing Kites, teepee bring new music

Lenny Kravitz: Human

His first LP release in a half-dozen years, Blue Electric Light, is due in May. Kravitz told American Songwriter this single is "about us as spiritual beings living this human existence and what that is. When you stop trying to please everybody and do what people are trying to get you to do. ... You find your lane. How freeing that is. That’s the basic message."

Gary Clark Jr. & Stevie Wonder: What About the Children

This is one of several collaborations on Clark's new album, JPEG RAW. As music journal No Depresion puts it, Stevie Wonder co-wrote and performs with him here on a song "whose biting social commentary rides a funky groove that recalls Wonder’s 'Living for the City.'" Not to mention other 70s-era songs like Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues."

Kaïa Kater feat. Allison Russell: In Montreal

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We have not often heard what we could call a hypnotic banjo tune, but this song from Kater's upcoming album Strange Medicine is exactly that. She and her collaborator on this song, Allison Russell, were born in Montreal, both with fathers from Grenada. Both are singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Kater says of this track: "I wanted to write an upbeat song about a poet feeling lost and aimless, tectonic plates stacked in their sink - a nod to Leonard Cohen, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and all the other incredible songwriters of Montreal."

Chasing Kites: Collide

About a year and a half ago we featured the single "Shiver" by this indie-rock band from Bristol, UK. This latest single is a love song with a twist. Vocalist and lyricist Matt Donnelly says: "The track tells the story of how my parents fell in love in somewhat unusual circumstances, in that my dad was already married, and my mum in a long-term relationship. I find it incredibly romantic how their love for one another was strong enough to overcome this."

teepee: broken silence

This is the second single to emerge ahead of blue moon rising, the third album from the Czech dream-pop duo of Tereza Lavičková and Miroslav Patočka. The press release says they draw inspiration from the likes of Beach House in crafting an ethereal vibe on the track. "The song delves into the depths of inner emotions, expressing the desire for open communication and the longing for resolution in a beautifully poetic way."

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